Tanaka Strikes Out the Cubs – Yankees 3, Cubs 0

Game Thirteen: Cubs 0, Yankees 3 WP – Masahiro Tanaka (2-1) LP – Jason Hammel (2-1) Save – Shawn Kelley (4) The Cubs did absolutely nothing against Masahiro Tanaka in game one of the day-night doubleheader in The Bronx on Wednesday afternoon. The Cubs managed three hits (two bunt singles) and were shutout for the […]

The Cubs and Shortstop Trade Value

With reports that have Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara both seeing time at shortstop and second base this season in Iowa, Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney coming off bad years, the Cubs are suddenly the envy of many other Major League clubs. They have too many shortstops and it’s clear that someone will have to […]

Another Poor Outing from Edwin Jackson, Another Loss for the Cubs – Cardinals 6, Cubs 4

Game Twelve: Cubs 4, Cardinals 6 WP – Michael Wacha (2-0) LP – Edwin Jackson (0-1) Save – Trevor Rosenthal (4) The Cubs needed for the good Edwin Jackson to show up on Sunday. Rick Renteria received the exact opposite before rain delayed the game for 46 minutes in the third inning. Edwin Jackson settled down […]

Closer By Committee, the Roster Shuffle and Cubs News and Notes

Rick Renteria announced prior to Saturday’s game that Jose Veras would not be closing games for the Cubs, at least for now. Jose Veras carried a rough spring into the regular season and simply cannot throw enough strikes to close games. Veras has never been known for his command, but he has not struggled to […]

Not in the Cards for Villanueva and the Cubs – Cardinals 10, Cubs 4

Game Eleven: Cubs 4, Cardinals 10 WP – Adam Wainwright (2-1) LP – Carlos Villanueva (1-3) Save – None It was a mismatch on paper when the pitching matchups were announced and it ended up being a mismatch on the field on Saturday afternoon in St. Louis as the Cardinals pounded the Cubs. The Cardinals sent […]

Castillo Crushes the Cardinals – Cubs 6, Cardinals 3

Game Ten: Cubs 6, Cardinals 3 – 11 innings WP – Justin Grimm (1-0) LP – Trevor Rosenthal (0-1) Save – Hector Rondon (1) Jeff Samardzija finally received some run support and was in line for the win after the Cubs scored two runs in the eighth inning. But Jose Veras blew his second save […]

Rambling about the Cubs as the Season Takes Hold

We are nine games into the season, and while 3-6 sounds bad, and well, is bad, there have been some bright spots and solid performances that have many Cubs fans slugging some light-blue kool aid right about now. There have also been plenty of frustrating moments as well, which is a given with a 3-6 […]

Cubs Give One Back to the Bucs – Pirates 5, Cubs 4

Game Nine: Cubs 4, Pirates 5 WP – Gerrit Cole (2-0) LP – James Russell (0-1, BS 1) Save – Jason Grilli (3) The Cubs played very good baseball for six innings on Thursday before the wheels fell off in the seventh inning. The Cubs took advantage of Pirates miscues and built a 4-0 lead. […]

Cubs Survive the Slugfest and Hammel the Pirates – Cubs 7, Pirates 5

Game Eight – Cubs 7, Pirates 5 WP – Jason Hammel (2-0) LP – Wandy Rodriguez (0-2) Save – None On a night with the wind blowing out, the Cubs hung on and beat the Pirates. The Cubs built a 7-1 lead behind an excellent game from the offense and a dominant performance by Jason […]

Renteria Addresses the Lineup, Castro Being Castro and Other Cubs News

Rick Renteria discussed his lineups prior to Tuesday’s game. And while the Cubs will use the platoon advantage, several of the right handed hitters that are only facing left handed pitchers right now, will face right handed pitchers as the season progresses. Carrie Muskat reported Renteria “at some point will likely abandon the platoon” but […]